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by Nath
Wed Sep 19, 2007 11:21 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: I think I'm starting to outgrow cynicism
Replies: 21
Views: 2042

Re: I think I'm starting to outgrow cynicism

And now at 26 I'm finding myself starting to outgrow it. Good. A lot of people are cynical simply because being cynical is fashionable. Cynicism, as I understand it, is the belief that people act in their direct self-interest. They often do. They sometimes don't. It's not a true/false thing. If you...
by Nath
Tue Sep 18, 2007 1:57 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poorly engineered foods
Replies: 192
Views: 17572

I can answer this one: Chopsticks are easy to make when you're in the woods, just by shaving the bark off a green stick, and splitting it in two... and if you can't get to an easily replenished source of fresh water, they're probably cleaner than your grubby little fingers. Chopsticks are the ultim...
by Nath
Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:35 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: Poorly engineered foods
Replies: 192
Views: 17572

Not a food, but an implement: I think chopsticks are silly. Acceptable for noodle soups, maybe, but not much else.

Why would anyone eat rice with anything other than their fingers?
by Nath
Mon Sep 17, 2007 3:11 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unspeakably strange universe solution thread (Spoilers!)
Replies: 8
Views: 2059

Re: Unspeakably strange universe solution thread (Spoilers!)

Say there was one path that was very long (say, across the solar system, ignoring any difficulties with getting the path to line up properly with the emitter/detector) and the others were all very short, local to the equipment. Couldn't you then make the "quantum measurement" at a great d...
by Nath
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:28 pm UTC
Forum: Science
Topic: Unspeakably strange universe solution thread (Spoilers!)
Replies: 8
Views: 2059

Re: Unspeakably strange universe solution thread (Spoilers!)

I am not a quantum physicist*, so this is guesswork. Are we extracting information from parallel timelines where the photon travels down different paths? I think that would be a valid way to look at it. Can we exploit this effect to transfer information over large distances? Faster than light (as th...
by Nath
Mon Sep 17, 2007 2:08 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Maltreatment of books
Replies: 42
Views: 5794

SecondTalon wrote:...

So, with a hardback, one of the first things I do is open it at about the halfway point, and bend the whole thing so that the front and back covers make about a 90-75 degree angle, breaking the holy hell out of the spine.

.. am I to understand that is wrong?

Stabbage must ensue!
by Nath
Mon Sep 17, 2007 1:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 461
Views: 43482

I'm assuming you'd probably just declare that as well as immortality that all human imperfections have been "repaired," right? Why bother calling such things vaguely human, if they're not in any way so? OK. Feel free not to call them human, if you prefer. Here's a source on the age-creati...
by Nath
Mon Sep 17, 2007 8:19 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Transhumanism
Replies: 461
Views: 43482

Okay, I just read an article on transhumanism, and they're just idiots who think that the human condition is purely bad and must be remedied. Right? What article was this? I was not familiar with the expression 'transhumanism' before this thread, so I looked it up: Transhumanism (sometimes symboliz...
by Nath
Sun Sep 16, 2007 10:15 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Greatest Movie Ever?
Replies: 223
Views: 24764

If you prefer not to take any notice of the story telling as well as the story I can't hold that against you. Not what I said. The fact that I do not consciously evaluate a film's technical aspects does not mean that they do not matter to me. The success or failure of a movie depends more on how we...
by Nath
Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:42 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Ethical Systems
Replies: 60
Views: 5268

Re: Ethical Systems

In my experience various divergent ethical theories can produce strikingly similar results. That is, for the majority of ethical decisions, most theories seem to recommend the same choice. That's because most of our moral ideas are deep within us: they are either genetic, or drummed into us from ea...
by Nath
Sun Sep 16, 2007 5:30 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Bad Movies You Love
Replies: 284
Views: 47336

bigglesworth wrote:DOOM. "sound of something gibbing"


Yes. Also, Star Wars III.
by Nath
Sat Sep 15, 2007 10:21 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Greatest Movie Ever?
Replies: 223
Views: 24764

It frightens me a little that it seems many people find Citezen Kane dull. Are our attention spans incapable of following something that doesn't interject some form of explosion ever 45 seconds? I mean, my gosh, the thing's almost 70 years old. ancient! I was seriously wondering if they re-cut it i...
by Nath
Sat Sep 15, 2007 9:58 pm UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 261867

That's an understatement, Malice. Tolkien's prose is fantastic. Speaking of overrated authors..... Tolkien should've just written a "Middle Earth Almanac" and stopped trying to be a novelist. Or maybe waited a good hundred years and written RPG Sourcebooks. Just as long as it wasn't suppo...
by Nath
Fri Sep 14, 2007 8:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 30812

Okay, now shorten American to Am, Canadian to Can, New Zealander to Newz, Luxembourgian to Luxe, Californian to Calif...you get the idea. Not a valid excuse. There are abbreviated forms of some of those. I avoid them, because they are considered offensive (or will be, soon enough). I can understand...
by Nath
Fri Sep 14, 2007 5:46 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: "Doesn't everybody read the Economist?"
Replies: 45
Views: 5088

Add me to the list of people who no longer follows news in much detail. Google News lets me know if something really important happens, and I don't much care about the rest. It is sort of worrying to see myself turn into one of those "who cares about the rest of the world" people, but so i...
by Nath
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:10 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 261867

I think Jhumpa Lahiri isn't a noteworthy author. I'm inclined to agree, based on the first half of "The Namesake". I have to read it for class, otherwise I'd chuck it out the window at this point. I can't believe how many times it has made me roll my eyes today. ugh. I think "The Nam...
by Nath
Fri Sep 14, 2007 12:01 am UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Logarithms = ???
Replies: 21
Views: 3673

gmedina wrote:
Nath wrote:x = 1 or 4

No. x cannot be equal to 1; otherwise log_2(5x-8) would yield log_2(-3).


Doh. Yes.
by Nath
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:59 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Why do people love Japan so much?
Replies: 298
Views: 30812

Khonsu wrote:Only very stupid/cruel/nasty characters ever said "nip" or "Jap" or whatever.


I don't know about that. Things that are slurs now were not always so.
by Nath
Thu Sep 13, 2007 11:46 pm UTC
Forum: Mathematics
Topic: Logarithms = ???
Replies: 21
Views: 3673

Re: Logarithms = ???

http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/664/logssn3.gif Solving for x. log_4(9 x^2) = log_2(5x - 8) log_4(9 x^2) = log_2(9 x^2) * log_4(2) = log_2(9 x^2) * 1/2 log_2(9 x^2) = 2 * log_2(5x - 8) = log_2( (5x - 8)^2 ) (3x)^2 = (5x-8)^2 3x = (+/-) (5x - 8) x = 1 or 4. I think.
by Nath
Thu Sep 13, 2007 8:55 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help! My Boss loves metaphors.
Replies: 41
Views: 3914

NinjaArcana wrote:What's the difference between the two Nath? Besides the need of like or is.


That's it, pretty much.
by Nath
Thu Sep 13, 2007 1:59 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: The Importance Of "Please" & "Thank You&q
Replies: 60
Views: 4663

I do tend to say 'please' and 'thank you', but only out of habit. These expressions are overused to the point that they are utterly meaningless. I don't really know how to convey sincere gratitude any more, since 'thank you' does not mean anything.
by Nath
Thu Sep 13, 2007 12:16 am UTC
Forum: General
Topic: Help! My Boss loves metaphors.
Replies: 41
Views: 3914

Fleh. Metaphors are like bowls of pants covered in potato sauce. I prefer similes.
by Nath
Wed Sep 12, 2007 9:31 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 12782

Hmm. Maybe that was it. Or maybe the good god was Spenta Mainyu and the evil was Angra Mainyu, and Ahura Mazda was the over-god. I have a lot of disjointed zoroastrian stuff in my brain that doesn't quite fit together. I guess the point is, somewhere in the mix, there's a really, really good guy wh...
by Nath
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:23 pm UTC
Forum: Gaming
Topic: Marathon (1 through infinity)
Replies: 10
Views: 1838

I love the atmosphere and story of those games, but the actual gameplay is somewhat tedious.
by Nath
Tue Sep 11, 2007 6:22 pm UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 255968

CatProximity wrote:Velveeta is the stuff of satan.

Satan has a little more taste than that.
by Nath
Tue Sep 11, 2007 7:22 am UTC
Forum: Food
Topic: The Xkcd Cookbook (with an unfinished index in the OP)
Replies: 685
Views: 255968

Lazy Student Chili: 0.5ish kg (about a pound) ground meat: beef/pork/turkey 1 can beans: pinto/kidney/black 1 can diced tomato 1 smallish onion, or part of a large onion; diced Chili powder, salt, pepper, cumin to taste Some slices of jalapeno, torn into little pieces with your fingernail (or diced...
by Nath
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:58 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Why all the Matrix Hate?
Replies: 80
Views: 12164

The machines found a lot of the humans couldn't accept the Matrix environment that they created and eventually, some people would perceive the 'fakeness' of it and start the little rebellion. The machines found a way around it. By allowing the fight to take its course they would wipe out all the 'f...
by Nath
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:09 am UTC
Forum: Computer Science
Topic: Computer science vs. software engineering?
Replies: 39
Views: 43010

One way to look at it: do you think you'd rather be a coder or a scientist? If the former, maybe SE. If the latter, probably CS. If undecided, well, I'd still say probably CS. I know plenty of people with CS background who end up becoming Software Engineers. I don't know how easy the reverse is.
by Nath
Sun Sep 09, 2007 5:02 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Why all the Matrix Hate?
Replies: 80
Views: 12164

I do not analyse movies while I watch them. I try to empathize with the characters, and put myself in their shoes. I follow the plot. I don't look for symbolism and hidden meanings; nor do I usually find them unless they're pretty obvious. I simply don't understand the point of symbolism for symboli...
by Nath
Sun Sep 09, 2007 3:43 am UTC
Forum: Books
Topic: Worst/Overrated books.
Replies: 753
Views: 261867

Shakespeare. At least the stuff that I've read. Shakespeare is to literature what Citizen Kane is to movies: innovative, influential, but frankly not very interesting any more. Oliver Twist . Readable, but cartoonishly unsubtle. Not all that relevant to people who don't live in 19th century London. ...
by Nath
Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:58 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 12782

Deciding not to worship someone does not necessarily make you atheist. No, it does. Straight out of the dictionary actually. Could you post the definition in your dictionary? All the dictionary definitions I've seen define atheism in terms of disbelief in or denial of the existence of gods, and say...
by Nath
Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:30 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Another Atheism Thread
Replies: 153
Views: 12782

I'm a bit different from the other atheists here I think. It's not so much that I disbelieve in the supernatural (I'm skeptical, but I've been proven wrong on stuff I've been that skeptical about before), it's that regardless of the facts of how the world works, *no one* deserves to be worshiped. I...
by Nath
Sat Sep 08, 2007 8:22 pm UTC
Forum: General
Topic: INTRO THREAD THE THIRD
Replies: 10916
Views: 2189458

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